This Week in Books (05-26-2021)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


When single mother Marianna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, everyone assumes that she’s taken her own life … until her body is found on the Grabrok lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?

Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and broken relationship that leads to a shocking tragedy.

Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the number of suspects grows and new light is shed on Marianna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others.

[Loved this one. You can read my review here.]


Two husbands dead; a life marred by sadness. And now Katharine is in love for the first time in her life.

The eye of an ageing and dangerous king falls upon her. She cannot refuse him. She must stifle her feelings and never betray that she wanted another.

And now she is the sixth wife. Her queenship is a holy mission yet, fearfully, she dreams of the tragic parade of women who went before her. She cherishes the secret beliefs that could send her to the fire. And still the King loves and trusts her. 

Now her enemies are closing in. She must fight for her very life.

Alison Weir recounts the extraordinary story of a woman forced into a perilous situation and rising heroically to the challenge. Katharine is a delightful woman, a warm and kindly heroine – and yet she will be betrayed by those she loves and trusts most. Too late, the truth will dawn on her. 

[What an absolutely fantastic series this has been. I have about a 100 pages left to read in this sixth and final book and I already know I’ll be sad there weren’t more wives 😄]


When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable.

But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right about the woman’s reaction.

Twenty-four hours later, the victim’s family disappears into thin air.

[No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This was also here last week. Attempt I-lost-count in picking this one up. Will I be successful this time around? Who knows 🤷🏼‍♀️. To be continued.]

What’s everyone else reading? Anything good? I’m trying to decide whether I should join the 20 Books of Summer challenge so if you think there’s something I should definitely be reading over the summer, let me know in the comments. Happy reading! xx

  10 comments for “This Week in Books (05-26-2021)

  1. May 26, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I’m listening to Revelation and Katherine is still dithering about how she should react to Henry’s advances 😂

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  2. May 26, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    There aren’t more wives, sadly for this series but good for those women 😅 I still have five more books to go though, but Catherine Parr is my favorite wife (together with Anne Boleyn).

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    • June 7, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Any particular reasons why?


      • June 7, 2021 at 7:32 pm

        Well, she was the first queen to publish a book. She was intelligent and could adapt herself quickly to any circumstance. She had a lasting impact on protestant England, educating Jane Grey and Elizabeth I. And she managed to not lose her head. I also like to think of Henry being her third husband out of four, instead of she being the sixth wife (in that way I was disappointed in Weir’s title choice for this one).


  3. May 26, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    You are in for a treat with Twisted Lies, Eva. I hope you enjoy it.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. May 27, 2021 at 1:38 am

    I’ll be looking forward to Girls Who Lie! And DI Kim Stone book 14 is still a loooong time away for me haha. xD

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